Liam Coen passed for more than 11,000 yards during a stellar career at the University of Massachusetts.

The former quarterback, a Rhode Island native, soon will be imparting his knowledge with players and coaches from a former conference rival.

While an official announcement is not expected until a contract is signed, it is believed University of Maine football coach Joe Harasymiak has selected Coen as his offensive coordinator.

Although Harasymiak would not confirm the move and UMaine athletics declined to comment, Coen recently has become associated with several Black Bears coaches and UMaine student-athletes on Twitter.

The 30-year-old Coen has spent the last two years as an assistant coach at UMass, where last season he served as co-passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2015, the Minutemen (3-9) ranked fourth in Mid-American Conference passing with 257.5 yards per game and was sixth among 13 teams while averaging 399.8 yards of total offense.

UMass senior quarterback Blake Frohnapfel threw for 2,919 yards and 16 touchdowns on 266-for-472 accuracy (56 percent) with 13 interceptions. Frohnapfel was selected for the East-West Shrine all-star game this season.

Coen will replace Kevin Bourgoin, who has spent 15 years on the UMaine football staff, the last nine as the offensive coordinator. Bourgoin, who also served as the associate head coach, remains under contract but is not expected to remain with the program.

Coen began his coaching career in 2010 as the quarterbacks coach at Brown University, spent a year in that role at Rhode Island, then went back to Brown from 2012 to 2013 before being hired by head coach Mark Whipple at UMass in 2014.

As a player, Coen is regarded among the best quarterbacks in UMass history. He owns numerous school passing records, including yards (11,031), passing efficiency (150.6), completion percentage (.639), completions 830, attempts (1,303) and touchdowns (90).

His passing efficiency rating is 18th best all-time at the Football Championship Subdivision level and he ranks 23rd in career passing yardage and TDs.

Coen directed the Minutemen to back-to-back league championships in 2006 and 2007 and helped UMass reach the national championship game in 2006. The program had a 36-13 record during his time in Amherst.


Pete Warner

Pete graduated from Bangor High School in 1980 and earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He grew up fishing at his family's camp on Sebago Lake but didn't take...